These standards-based activities are suggested for students in grades 3rd – 5th, but please feel free to modify them to suit your specific needs. The first activity is a general introduction to museums and how we use objects and collections to tell stories. The next three activities are each tied to a section in our ongoing exhibition Tropical Dreams: A People’s History of South Florida. You may use these activities before your visit to the Museum to help you prepare your students or after to reinforce ideas and concepts. Make sure to come back often for new activities!
These are two of the paintings you can see when you visit HistoryMiami Museum. We have included some sample discussion questions to help you and your students spark conversation. These activities can be used before or after your visit to the Museum.
When you join us for a guided program at the Museum or offsite, try some of these resources to help make the most of your visit.
- If you are doing our Miami-Dade County Courthouse program, try these Courthouse Resources to get you started. We do a mock trial as part of this program and this is the script we use: Mock Trial Script for Students.
- When you visit Historic Virginia Key Beach Park with us, use The Green Book Presentation and The Green Book Presentation Notes as a warm up for your trip. We created this presentation to help you prepare your students for this visit but also as a way to introduce topics like Jim Crow and Segregation.
There are great resources for learning out there, it’s just a matter of finding them. Try some of these activities from other organizations to supplement ours and your classroom resources.
- Federal v. State Constitution – an interactive tutorial that compares and contrasts our federal Constitution and the state Constitution of Florida. Pair this activity with a guided experience like our We the People tour.
- The Green Book – Explore the New York Public Library digital collection of the Negro Motorist Green Book as a primary source document. The purpose of the Green Book was to provide African American travelers with information about hotels, restaurants and other services where they would be welcome to avoid “difficulties, embarrassments and to make [their] trips more enjoyable.” Pair this activity with a guided experience like our We the People or Making Miami Home tours.